Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Two (Nick Coit | ABC6 Providence)

Noontime Sports Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com 

Ah, the second episode of Noontime Sports: The Podcast has arrived!

Matt Noonan chats New England Patriots offseason news – yes, DeflateGate – with Nick Coit, who is a weekend sports anchor and reporter for ABC 6 in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to some pre-season Patriots chatter, Noonan and Coit share their thoughts on the sports broadcasting business and what they both think will occur in the future.

Make sure to follow Nick on Twitter and Instagram, too.

New England D3Hoops: Wheaton’s Shoemaker Signs With Gruner Stern Keltern (DBBL)

Kiley Shoemaker will continue her basketball career overseas with Gruner Stern Keltern. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Athletics)
Kiley Shoemaker will continue her basketball career overseas with Gruner Stern Keltern. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Wheaton College women’s basketball alum (and recent graduate) Kiley Shoemaker made headlines yesterday, signing with Gruner Stern Keltern of the Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga (DBBL), according to Flash Agency.

Shoemaker concluded her four-year career with the Lyons by shattering a 28-year-old rebounding record, tallying 943 caroms in 105 contests. Additionally, she ranks first in program history in free-throw percentage (.847) and blocks (284).

At the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, Shoemaker received her third consecutive New England Women3’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) accolade, earning first team honors. Shoemaker led the conference in double-doubles (10), while finishing second in points, rebounds, free throw shooting and blocked shots.

According to eurobasket.com, Gruner Stern Keltern qualified for the 2016 DBBL Playoffs, but lost BC Pharmaserv Marburg in the quarterfinals in a best-of-three series.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode One

Noontime Sports Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Noontime Sports Podcast – also known as Noontime Sports the Podcast – made its triumphant return on Thursday as host and head blogger/site editor Matt Noonan discussed his plan for the new and improved podcast.

As noted in the episode one, the plan is to welcome bloggers, broadcasters, journalists, coaches, athletic administrators, friends and (maybe Twitter followers) to join Noonan once a week – will be one guest (maybe two?) to discuss various national and local sports topics, as well as the changing world of journalism, blogging and social media.

So, enjoy our initial podcast and make sure to check back once a week for new episodes – you can also check out our podcast page, too.

New England D3 Lax Notebook: Catching Up With Trevor Craven (Becker College)

The Becker College men's lacrosse team will have a new head coach next spring as it was announced that Trevor Craven will guide the Hawks in June.  (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
The Becker College men’s lacrosse team will have a new head coach next spring as it was announced that Trevor Craven will guide the Hawks in June.
(Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Last month, Becker College Director of Athletics Frank Millerick announced the hiring of Trevor Craven as the head coach of the men’s lacrosse program.

Craven, who grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts and competed for the UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team as a student-athlete, comes to Becker following a six-year stint as the Emmanuel College men’s lacrosse assistant coach.

NoontimeSports.com caught up with the Hawks’ new head coach to discuss the role and goals for the program heading into the 2017 season.

 What intrigued you about this position?

This position offers me a chance to lead a program that has great potential. I have followed the program from afar because of their former ties to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). I see potential to take this program to the next level. The academics at the school are very good and I can’t even keep track of the number of awards and ‘best of lists’ the school is on.

Tell me about your experience at Emmanuel – how did you assist Coach McWilliams in turning the Saints into a conference champion the past three seasons?

We literally had to build everything from the ground up at Emmanuel. Brendan McWilliams had a vision that was clear and to the point, and he worked to convince the administration to do lots of things to assist the program. Brendan worked extremely hard to build this program – I just followed his lead – but after two years of explaining our program’s goals and initiatives, as well as what the institution could offer from an academic perspective, we started attracting players that bought into our system and ran with it.

How did Coach McWilliams help you improve as a coach?

Coach McWilliams taught me so much over the last six seasons. It’s easy to point at the X’s and O’s, but he taught me more about how to be an effective coach. He taught me the humility and professionalism that goes along with being a professional coach. It’s easy to just show up and roll the balls out and say ‘do it,’ but he took time to show me the right way to do things. He taught me that the right way isn’t always the easy way and that the team always comes first.

What sort of offensive and defensive styles do you hope to implement with the Hawks?

I am a defensive guy, so I would like to implement some of the things that we used at Emmanuel. We got lucky and recruited a great group of defenders early on, so our defense was always a little more advanced than our offense. Hopefully I can make a similar transition with Becker. As for our offense, I have a style in mind that I want to implement. Everyone wants to run an attack similar to Tufts, so the offense will be a work in progress with an end goal in mind.

What goals and objectives do you hope to accomplish as the head coach of the Becker men’s lacrosse team?

We want to compete at the highest level possible. At Emmanuel, we set out to build a competitive program that could compete against the best teams in Division III, and the squad is in a better place than it was in year one. At Becker, we want to win the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – that is our first goal. We also want to position ourselves for a Pool B bid for the NCAA Tournament. And finally – speaking collectively as team – we want to get better everyday and make sure we prepare our student-athletes to win lacrosse games, but also in life. Wins and losses will happen, but one of my biggest goals for the program is preparing these student-athletes for future success beyond the lacrosse field.

New England College Hockey: Predicting D3 Contests At Frozen Fenway

Will UMass Boston men's ice compete for a second time in program history at Frozen Fenway?  (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)
Will UMass Boston men’s ice compete for a second time in program history at Frozen Fenway? (Photo Credit: UMass Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

A few thoughts – or ideas – on possible Division III hockey contests that could take place in January (2017) at Frozen Fenway …

* I wouldn’t be surprised if we see another round of Babson College and Norwich University. Both teams competed at the historic ballpark in 2012 and 2014, and this game is always a ‘must-see’ contest. Plus, Babson head coach Jamie Rice is an avid Red Sox fan, so you know he would love to lead his Beavers out of the Boston dugout.

* UMass Boston is another team that should skate at the historic ballpark – the Beacons made their Frozen Fenway debut two years ago when they competed against Salem State. Perhaps we see round two of Vikings-Beacons or maybe UMass Boston skates against Suffolk University or Wentworth Institute of Technology? I am sure the Rams or Leopards would love an opportunity to play a game at Fenway Park.

* It would be great to see at least one – perhaps two – women’s Division III games. Why not pit Amherst College against Middlebury College or have Endicott College take on Plymouth State? If Norwich men’s ice hockey competes against Babson, then invite the women’s team to play either before or after against Castleton State.

* A pair of teams represented the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) two years ago with Williams College skating against Trinity College. There should definitely be a NESCAC game at Fenway – again, it could be a men or women’s contest.

* How about a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) game – heck, it is the first year the conference is sponsoring hockey, so why not? Maybe Curry College plays Becker College or Endicott College faces-off against Salve Regina?

New England College Hockey: Frozen Fenway Returns In 2017

Frozen Fenway will return in January 2017. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)
Frozen Fenway will return in January 2017. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The City of Boston and Fenway Sports Management (FSM) announced earlier today that Fenway Park would become Frozen Fenway this January, beginning Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Frozen Fenway will conclude Monday, January 16, 2017 and will feature a pair of Hockey East double-headers on January 7 and 14, along with additional college and high school hockey games.

Frozen Fenway will also feature a public skating day for City of Boston residents, too.

“Outdoor hockey is quickly becoming a staple on Boston’s winter sports calendar and we look forward to joining with the Hockey East and the City of Boston to build on that tradition by bringing some of the most accomplished and talented collegiate teams in the country to compete on the ice at Fenway Park,” Boston Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said in a statement.

As noted in the Hockey East release, Boston University will face-off against University of Massachusetts, while Boston College takes on Providence College – both contests will take place Saturday, January 7. One week later – Saturday, January 14, 2017 – Northeastern University will skate against University of New Hampshire, while University of Maine competes against University of Connecticut.

“Hockey East and our schools could not be more excited to take the ice once again at Fenway Park,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna said in the conference release. “Once Frozen Fenway 2017 is complete all twelve Hockey East schools will have played an outdoor game at Fenway Park, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for the players, students, alumni and fans.”

Additional details, including other contests and events will be announced in the coming months. Fans can visit RedSox.com for more information on Frozen Fenway.

Sunday Column: It Is Time To Pump The Breaks On Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown was the third overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. (Photo Credit: Boston.com)
Jaylen Brown was the third overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. (Photo Credit: Boston.com)

By Matt Noonan 

I think it is time to pump the breaks on Jaylen Brown.

Seriously, let’s stop antagonizing this individual and see what happens when he competes for the Boston Celtics this season.

Since being selected third overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Green and White, Brown has been insulted by die-hard Green Teamers that are desperate for Banner 18.

I am a Celtics fan. I was born and raised in Boston – well, technically born in Boston, but grew up outside the city – and understand the immediate need for championships. And since the New England Patriots began winning Super Bowls, the need for additional hardware and celebrations on Boylston Street have increased.

As of today – Sunday, June 26 – we don’t know what Brown can do for the Celtics or what the Celtics can do for Brown – no play on UPS there, I promise! – but until he steps on the court and sprints up and down the parquet, there is no need to barrage this young man.

Following an introductory press conference last week, Brown exhibited his frustration by telling members of the media he is ready to ‘rip someone’s head off.’

Will he rip someone’s head off? Doubt it, but make sure you wear Celtics gear when walking around or near the Boston Garden.

According to NBADraft.net, Brown’s play should be identical to Jimmy Butler, which should excite Celtics fans – how many times have we heard Butler’s name when it comes to trade talks? We won’t know if this comparison is true until we see him compete for the Green and White.

In addition to the comparison of Butler, Brown has been touted as a strong, physical down-low player, as well as someone that can go toe-to-toe with ‘the best players.’

Maybe Brad Stevens will tell him to guard LeBron James or Steph Curry next season?

We can go round and round about the selection of Brown or what he will or won’t do for this organization. Yet, until he competes – or plays one or two series – there is no need to antagonize the former Cal Bear forward.

Brown could become a cornerstone of this organization – maybe he’ll join the Celtics Mount Rushmore of Paul Pierce, Bill Russell and Larry Bird – but again, until we see him compete, let’s slow down the criticism and focus our attention on perhaps luring Kevin Durant to Boston.

Could you imagine the tandem of Durant and Brown? Could become the greatest tandem in the league’s history.